July Harvest

  • 365 eggs
  • plums
  • peaches
  • tomatoes
  • green beans
  • eggplant
  • cucumber
  • squash (yellow and zucchini)
  • mint
  • black berries
  • red raspberries
  • blue berries

And I put up 5 quarts of ‘mock’ apple pie filling, 5 pints of cucumber relish and 4 quarts of green beans.  My counter tops are covered with squash and cukes!  I need to do more processing!!  We are eating squash burgers, squash casserole, squash waffles, and squash muffins!  Got any good squash and cuke recipes???

Also, sorry posts have been so sporadic.  I’m trying not to spend so much time at the computer!  We are cleaning house, cleaning the yard, getting rid of things that aren’t needed, trying to simplify.  See, Toby recently left his job and has been looking for work (work that would also include benefits and a good salary and possibly working with others!)  But, for the last 2 months, we thought that meant we were going to have to move!   AND I’ve moved 14 times in the last 18 years!!  I am SOOOOO ready to be settled.  So of course, at first, we were not excited about the idea of moving.  Yet, I’ve thought this was my dream life for so long, and now that I have it, I’m resenting it.  I look at my friends who get to play on the weekends or relax when they are done work and I just wish I could have some time off.  We are always tending to something here… animals, buildings, land, gardens… People are always saying to me “I have no idea how you do everything that you do.”  I guess that should be my first clue that I’m doing too much.  Now we need to look at all we do and figure out what truly brings us joy and drop the rest of it.  Really, when we built our homestead, we went about it wrong.  We built so many structures and have half-assed our landscaping.  Now it all needs to be tended and that’s not what I want to do.  I realize that, as we settle in here and the kids get older, the stress load on us will lighten.  But the idea of moving almost seemed like an ‘out’.  We could start over and try to do it better.

BUT!  Don’t worry folks!  In the midst of interviews as close as Raleigh (3 hours away) and as far away as Hawaii, Toby was approached by a friend who may (prospects are good!!) have an opening for Toby that would have benefits, a good salary, let him work with his friend, and allow us to stay where we are!  I have to say, even though we were getting excited about getting a place in the city with no yard, we are relieved now that we won’t be moving!  But all of this has started us seriously paring down what is not needed in our lives, fixing up the yard and house to make it closer to what we want and require less tending…. and it feels good!!!  Today we moved a pile of wood and another pile of rocks, started planning out our patio and retaining wall, cleaned out closets, the fridge, and my apothecary, rearranged dining and living room furniture… Tomorrow we will tackle Kaia’s room!!  (That may take all day :-)

5 thoughts on “July Harvest

  1. Wow, so much to comment on.

    You do a lot. I have never come up to see you that you were sitting and relaxing. Make a list. Number them in importance. Only do ten.

    I would hate to see you leave what you have worked so hard at, also I would just hate to see you leave.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for Toby’s job.

    If there is anything I can ever do……

  2. Hi Maria! I found your blog back when you were still building and somehow life got in the way and I only re-discovered you again this week! Everything looks wonderful, the gardens are amazing! It sounds like you are on the right track with trying to pare down a little bit – I too have a huge garden, much too large for our family, although I can’t seem to stop myself! I have been doing it all myself since the kids are still little and husband is deployed to the Middle East, I have really had to dig down deep and force myself to pare down the gardening, canning, etc and relax with a glass of wine, a book, anything that is “just for me”. We are planning a move to the Northwoods of MN (where I’m from) eventually and that is the one thing I worry about: how to manage family time like a weekend away, etc when there are animals to care for, gardens that need tending, etc. I’m pulling for you, I know it must not be easy – love the way you homeschool too!

  3. Keeping my fingers crossed for Toby’s job Maria! Sounds like you are headed in the right direction over there and I hope you get to stay and enjoy your much simplified homestead for a long, long time. A warning from the trenches: dairy animals are the opposite of simplicity, *grin*. We did our own dairy for a few years with the little ones and finally saw the light – it’s not worth the time, energy, vet bills, etc when we can get organic free range milk at the store, at least at this stage of our lives with two little kids running around. We traded in the goat herd for a few sheep and one shearing a year and we’re done, lol.

  4. :-) Shannon, Your reply is very timely! I’ve been thinking of getting a nigerian dairy goat (we have only have chickens and ducks right now), but was worried about the time and money commitment, especially since a neighbor down the road will sell us goat milk from her dairy. I don’t think I will add dairy animals until the kids are much older… if I add them at all, ’cause when the kids are older I’d like to travel more!

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